Duterte: Do not despair, vaccine is around the corner

“Let us not despair. The vaccine is around the corner. Sooner and not later, the virus that gobbled up thousands of lives will itself be laid to rest,” Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte said in his fifth state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday. He recently appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping to commit to giving the Philippines the privilege of being among the first countries to avail of a potential Covid-19 vaccine once it is available.

Earlier, the President said China, among other countries, is developing a vaccine that could be available as early as September. He acknowledged that developing a vaccine may take some time but at the same time, gave credit to all workers on the frontline against Covid-19.

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